Queen Elizabeth has a very specific way of eating hamburger – Yes, Her Majesty eats hamburgers


As the British monarch for nearly seven decades, Queen Elizabeth has had access to the world’s best chefs and the most exquisite food money can buy. Buckingham Palace has a kitchen staff who cater to Her Majesty’s exact preferences. And, the Queen’s former personal chef Darren McGrady knows every detail. He gave fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Royal Dinner table in his book. He even prepared the very specific way the queen eats a burger.

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Queen Elizabeth always has afternoon tea, no matter where in the world she is.

According to The Independent, McGrady explained in a series of YouTube videos that Her Majesty eats four meals a day. As the Queen’s personal chef between 1982 and 1993, McGrady prepared her breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

In his book Eat Royally: Recipes and Memories of Palace Cuisine, McGrady explained that Queen Elizabeth prefers light meals and small portions.

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For lunch, McGrady says one of the Queen’s favorite dishes is grilled fish. She also likes grilled chicken with salad, as Her Majesty prefers meals that are low in carbohydrates and high in protein. Queen Elizabeth is enjoying her afternoon tea with scones, jam and clotted cream.

“She always had afternoon tea wherever she was in the world. We had flown to Australia and were on the Royal Yacht. It was five in the morning, but for the queen it was five in the afternoon, so my first job was to make scones, ”said McGrady.

McGrady says Her Majesty is a “chocoholic”

During McGrady’s tenure, he says the Queen had 20 chefs working in the Royal Kitchen. As a chef, he would send His Majesty a red leather cookbook with planned menus. She makes her meal choices with a special code system. If she doesn’t like something, the Queen leaves a message for the staff in a special notebook.

McGrady says there’s a specific ingredient Queen Elizabeth would always say ‘yes’ to in chocolate. In the past, the Royal Chief has referred to Her Majesty as “chocoholic”.

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“Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate she would choose, especially the Chocolate Perfection Pie,” McGrady said.

He also revealed that one of his guilty pleasures as a chef was a toasted sandwich. It consists of melted Gruyère cheese, ham and beaten eggs. McGrady says the Queen is not a foodie and that she simply eats to live.

Queen Elizabeth eats hamburgers with knife and fork

McGrady revealed that Her Majesty had never eaten fast food or pizza. He explained that with 20 chefs in her kitchen, she can order whatever she wants at any time. Therefore, she does not need a drive-thru.

The chef says that at Balmoral – the Queen’s summer home in Scotland – they made their own royal version of a burger.

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“They were shooting deer and we would make deer burgers,” McGrady told Insider. They would have burgers, but not the buns. So they ate it with their knife and fork.

McGrady says Her Majesty’s Victorian education dictated that the only thing she would pick up and eat with her fingers was afternoon tea.


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